Work is expected to begin in August on 23rd Avenue E, between Boyer Avenue E and E John Street. The work should take about two weeks and will address speeding, pedestrian safety, bicycling safety and collision reduction.
This is the 3rd phase of the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvement Project which began in 2015. It focuses on calming speeds to the posted speed limit of 30 MPH. Around E Highland Drive and 23rd Avenue E, the average northbound speed people are traveling is 39 MPH. Here’s why speed matters:
This stage of the project includes lane restriping, and skid-resistant surface treatment at E Louisa Street, E Lynn Street, and E Helen Street/Turner Way. It maintains two southbound lanes and replaces one northbound lane between Boyer Avenue E and E John Sreet with a center turn lane.
More details on this project are here: http://www.seattle.gov/visionzero/projects/23rd-ave-e
This fall SDOT will begin public discussion about a new stop light at 24th Ave E and Lynn. The purpose will be to determine design of the new traffic signal, potential curb ramps, parking, and where bus stops and bus lanes might be installed. The Community Council is currently working with SDOT on how to best get feedback.
One of the primary topics will be limiting left turns at 24th and Lynn. SDOT will work closely with the residents and businesses who will be most impacted. These changes will likely happen in 2019 and be coordinated with SR 520 construction.
Unfortunately, funds are not available for the vision established in the Montlake Community Business District Improvement Project. http://montlake.net/neighborhood/montlake-business-district. SDOT is not moving forward with it at this time due to concerns about congestion, and the need for future RapidRide lanes on the corridor. Once the Montlake and 520 interchange begins construction and the impact of this project is felt in Montlake, this topic can be raised again.